December 26, 2013

Police: Mansfield teen killed in shootout was driving stolen car

Three Grand Prairie officers who fired at the 16-year-old have been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.

A 16-year-old sophomore at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School was driving a stolen car when Grand Prairie police tried to pull him over early Christmas morning, prompting a chase and search that ended in a deadly shootout, police officials said Thursday.

Peyton Cole Barbour, whose parents have ties to the Mansfield school district, died in surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, authorities said.

Barbour was shot one time about 2:10 p.m. in the 600 block of East Seeton Road, about 10 hours after police first encountered him in a neighborhood near Joe Pool Lake.

Two officers were slightly wounded, police said.

The incident began about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when officers tried to pull Barbour over for what they described as a routine traffic stop in the 3100 block of North Camino Lagos. Police said officers learned later that the 1997 Honda two-door car he was driving had been stolen in Grand Prairie.

Barbour led officers on a short chase, then abandoned the car in a field and took off on foot.

He fired at a pursuing officer, who returned fire, before he disappeared into woods, police said.

Grand Prairie police, with help from surrounding agencies, a police helicopter and a K-9 unit, set up a perimeter and scoured the area for hours.

About 2 p.m., officers found Barbour more than a mile from the original traffic stop. Video shot by a resident and obtained by KXAS/Channel 5 shows him pacing in a field with officers watching at a distance. The shootout reportedly followed.

Barbour fired at the officers with a 9 mm Glock handgun that had been “reported stolen during a residential burglary,” police said Thursday evening.

The wounded officers were treated at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and released. Barbour was taken by helicopter ambulance to Parkland.

Mark Beseda, a Grand Prairie police spokesman, said three officers fired at the teen during the two exchanges. They have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, as is routine.

Beseda said the two injured officers, one of whom was shot while sitting in his squad car, did not fire their weapons.

Barbour’s profile picture on his Facebook page shows him wearing a black knit cap with the word “Reckless” across the front.

On a public Twitter account that appears to be Barbour’s, he posted that he had fired a gun for the first time on Christmas Eve, accidentally shooting a hole in his bed because he forgot to engage the safety.

First time shooting a gun and I made a hole in my bed, just great,” the post reads.

Grand Prairie police said they were not investigating anything on the Twitter feed, which appears to be Barbour’s, based on photographs and interactions with friends.

His father, Oscar Barbour, is an assistant principal at Erma Nash Elementary School, and his mother, Dawn, is a receptionist at Cross Timbers Intermediate School, according to the schools’ websites.

They did not respond to messages left for them Thursday.

In a statement posted on the school district’s website, school officials said they “were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of a student following a situation involving local police.”

“Plans are underway with campus administrators to have grief counselors available for students and staff who may need assistance when they return from the winter break. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family during this tragic time,” the statement reads.

“We are also thankful that, according to news reports, the police officers injured have since been released from the hospital.”

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